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Rahul Dravid

India|Top order Batter
Rahul Dravid
INTL CAREER: 1996 - 2012
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Full Name

Rahul Sharad Dravid


January 11, 1973, Indore, Madhya Pradesh


51y 189d


The Wall

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Fielding Position

Occasional Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Top order Batter


St. Joseph's Boys' High School

Rahul Dravid was probably one of the last classical Test match batters, and one of the greatest.

His progress into the India side may have been steady and methodical rather than meteoric, but once there, he established himself at the vanguard of a new, defiant Indian side who were no longer easybeats away from home. Armed with an orthodox technique, he became the cement that held the foundations firm while the flair players expressed themselves. Yet, for a man who came to be stereotyped as one-paced and one-dimensional, he could stroke the ball around when the mood struck him.

Dravid compensated for his relative lack of athleticism with sheer hard work and powers of concentration that were almost yogic. In Adelaide in 2003, when India won a Test in Australia for the first time in a generation, he batted 835 minutes over two innings. A few months later he was at the crease more than 12 hours for the 270 that clinched India's first series win in Pakistan. That formidable concentration also came in handy when he was standing in the slips, where he took 210 catches in Tests, the record.

After impressing in a Lord's debut in 1996, where he was eclipsed by Sourav Ganguly, Dravid's breakthrough innings arrived at the Wanderers a few months later, against a South Africa attack accustomed to bullying visitors. A brief slump followed, but he emerged from that in 2001 with perhaps one of the most famous supporting performances of all, in a partnership of 376 with VVS Laxman that resulted in an unlikely victory after India followed on against Steve Waugh's Australia. The half-decade that followed was a golden one with the bat: tours of England and Australia, in 2002 and 2003-04, fetched Dravid more than 600 runs apiece.

A two-year stint as captain, following Ganguly's axing, was less successful, though he did lead the side to series victories in West Indies in 2006 and in England the year after, the first time in a generation India had won in those places. Just when it seemed his best was behind him, Dravid showed his class once again on the tour to England in 2011: in a series in which India were completely outplayed and none of their other batters scored more than 275 runs in the Tests, he amassed 461, including three hundreds, two of them when opening the innings against a high-quality pace attack. However, that was followed by a poor series in Australia, which turned out to be his last.

Initially seen as a liability in the one-day arena, Dravid retooled his white-ball game over the years to become an adept middle-order finisher, and by the time the selectors eased him aside in early 2008, he had more than 10,000 ODI runs to his name. For a good while, he kept wicket in the 50-overs side, helping the team to find a balance that was crucial in India's run to the World Cup final in 2003.

Rahul Dravid Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A449416551527115342.30--21112--23317


List A449-47742142/432/43105.255.29119.2000
Rahul Sharad Dravid

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Recent Matches of Rahul Dravid

M.C.C. vs ROW XI005-Jul-2014Lord'sOTHEROD
RR vs MI106-Oct-2013DelhiT20
RR vs CSK504-Oct-2013JaipurT20
RR vs Otago1001-Oct-2013JaipurT20
RR vs Scorchers029-Sep-2013JaipurT20

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Photos of Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid addresses the Wankhede
The Indian team has a chat with PM Narendra Modi
India's T20 World Cup winning squad with PM Narendra Modi
Rahul Dravid lifts the trophy as the team celebrates
Rahul Dravid gets his team together in the dressing room one last time as India coach
Hardik Pandya and Rahul Dravid lead the celebrations for India